UFC 234: Whittaker vs. Gastelum staff picks and predictions

The Bloody Elbow staff has made its predictions for UFC 234, and it’s a clean sweep for Robert Whittaker to shield his middleweight title by beating Kelvin Gastelum, while everyone is backing Israel Adesanya over Anderson Silva in the co-main occasion. To put it differently, congrats to Gastelum and Silva in their wins on Saturday.
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Notice: Predictions are entered throughout the week and gathered the day prior to the event. Explanations behind every choice are not required and some writers opt to not do this for their own reasons. By way of instance, if Phil Mackenzie entered all his predictions on Wednesday without incorporating in any excuses he has no idea if he’s going to be the only one siding with a single fighter for any specific fight.
Robert Whittaker vs. Kelvin Gastelum
Anton Tabuena: Two former welterweights fighting for the middleweight belt. Will this convince individuals that intense weight reduction actually is not worth the trade off in performance? Probably not, but this ought to be a fun bout either way at least. I believe this will be closer than what the odds state, but I believe Whittaker is just marginally better just about anywhere, so he should take this. Robert Whittaker by choice.
Mookie Alexander: Gastelum has a chance . He has powerful hands, insane durability — maybe not Whittaker’s durability is to be scoffed at by any means — and excellent cardio. However, he’s not likely to have the ability to take Whittaker down (or at least hold him there), and Whittaker has far more depth to his attacking striking. His leg kicks in particular can slow Gastelum down, and now I believe he dismisses angles and combines his strike choice and targets more effectively than Kelvin. It’ll be a close battle through the opening couple of rounds but Whittaker will come on strong at the following rounds and get the win. Robert Whittaker by conclusion.

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